Sunday, May 1, 2011

Learning as we go...

The past two years have taught us a lot. And while I'll never be glad that diabetes came into our life, I can take what we have learned and make sure we live our lives to the fullest despite diabetes or anything else. Here's a few thoughts from the last two years....

Live in the Moment
Life is full of surprises. A diagnosis like this is unforeseen, and makes you realize that day by day the most important thing is to take nothing for granted and enjoy the moment you're in.

Be Healthy
We all know this. But take it to the next level. Be active, eat well, and take care of your body...for yourself and those around you.

Let Yourself Feel It
We have good days and bad days. Remaining negative and angry won't change anything, but let yourself feel that pain...then dust yourself off and move on.

Talk It Out
Diabetes is as much emotional as it is physical. There's so much to understand and learn....being open and honest helps sort it all out sometimes.

Educate, when possible
Misconceptions about diabetes and inappropriate things people say can drive you crazy. Give information when it's appropriate and try to squelch those ugly lies out there.

Be Empathetic
We don't have ANY idea what each other is going through behind closed doors. We all have struggles, and we should keep that in mind when we encounter others.

You'll never get it 100% right
There's plenty of times you could beat your head against the wall looking for explanations for crazy blood sugars. But some days, it's just hard and a nearly impossible disease to live with.

There's always tomorrow
Try your best everyday.  Luckily, tomorrow is another day.

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